plane table

or plain table

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noun Surveying.
a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.
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Origin of plane table

First recorded in 1600–10

Other definitions for plane table (2 of 2)

[ pleyn-tey-buhl ]
/ ˈpleɪnˌteɪ bəl /

verb (used with or without object), plane-ta·bled, plane-ta·bling.
to survey with a plane table.

Origin of plane-table

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for plane table

plane table

a surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on adjustable legs, and used in the field for plotting measurements directly
verb plane-table
to survey (a plot of land) using a plane table
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